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Hamden P&Z Files Application for Student Housing Moratorium

March 7, 2014 Local Elections No Comments

1del1The Hamden Planning and Zoning Commission this week officially filed an application to amend the zoning regulations to impose a one-year moratorium on the construction of student housing.

The application filed on Wednesday, will be the subject of a public hearing to he held on April 8, according to Asst. Town Planner Dan Kops.

“In order to provide the Planning and Zoning Commission with adequate time to assess the impact of off-campus student housing on health, safety and welfare of Hamden residents, and to adopt more appropriate regulations, a temporary one-year moratorium on the issuance of Zoning Permits for Student Housing is imposed from the effective date of this amendment,” the application states.

Exceptions to the moratorium include students living with family members, “dormitories administered by educational institutions” and applications for renewals of existing student housing permits. The moratorium can be revoked by an action of the commission before the end of the one-year period.

“Since 2005, the number of dwelling units with approval and active student housing permits has soared over 350 percent from 49 to 223, housing close to 900 students,” the application states. “The recent growth of student rental housing in Hamden’s residential neighborhoods has unfortunately caused significant problems affecting the health, safety and welfare of Hamden residents in general, including noise, property maintenance and appearance, reduction in permeable surfaces, parking congestion, traffic, overcrowding and overall impact on quality of life.

“The commission is seeking the one-year moratorium in order to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of current zoning regulations  regarding both off-campus housing and colleges and universities,” it says. “During the 12-month period, it will seek to formulate and approve regulations addressing the problems frequently encountered at present.”

The meeting takes place Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Memorial Town Hall.

Editor’s Note: A correction was made in the story regarding the date of the public hearing. It is April 8.

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